Find all the links to a file

find -L / -samefile /path/to/file -exec ls -ld {} +
This command finds and prints all the symbolic and hard links to a file. Note that the file argument itself be a link and it will find the original file as well. You can also do this with the inode number for a file or directory by first using stat or ls or some other tool to get the number like so: stat -Lc %i file or ls -Hid file And then using: find -L / -inum INODE_NUMBER -exec ls -ld {} +

2011-04-27 06:14:15

What Others Think

'find' has a -ls option, which will print the results in 'ls -dils'
RanyAlbeg · 583 weeks ago
I'm aware of that. I'm using -exec here because ls shows where symlinks point. -ls doesn't.
eightmillion · 583 weeks ago
I didn't know about "-exec _command_ {} +" instead of "-exec _command_ {} \;" Good to know.
Mozai · 582 weeks and 3 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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